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The UDOO Neo Adds More Power To The Ultimate DIY Board

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 5.52.32 PM The original UDOO board was pretty amazing. An merging of Raspberry Pi and Arduino, the system let you run a tiny computer on a single board as well as control electronic projects. It was a very geeky little tool and proved to be quite popular. Well, the UDOO is back and it’s a lot better. The new UDOO Neo includes a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino board, a 9-axis sensor, magnetometer,… Read More

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John Biggs

April 23rd

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The Couchlet Puts Your Power Where Your Posterior Is

20150420094019-WhiteCouchLogo Ready to get your mind blown? You better sit down. So Chris Hawker, creator of the Power Squid is back and he wants to put power… near your butt. His new product, the Couchlet, is a foldable USB power system that peeks up between your couch cushions or mattresses and lets you plug in while seated or lying down. I know, right? It costs $16. Heck, for a limited time it’s actually $16… Read More

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John Biggs

April 23rd

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Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 8.04.27 AM The Swiss postal service, Swiss Post, is going to attempt the first drone deliveries using Matternet, a company that is working on perfecting drone-based delivery systems. The first tests will happen in Switzerland this summer and they are designed as proof of concept to “to clarify the legal framework, consider local conditions and explore the technical and business capabilities of… Read More

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John Biggs

April 23rd

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Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

makerbot-mill In the process of growth, startups change. They change from scrappy three-person operations to behemoths with new employees rolling in daily. They go on hiring sprees and the founders no longer know the people sitting at cubicles outside their offices. Bigger companies – Google and the like – start sniffing around. And those changes add up – going from 50 mph to lightspeed is… Read More

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John Biggs

April 22nd

Gadgets

Moscase Is Like Batman’s Utility Belt For Your iPhone

b7886d512bb29a4ac00872bae0d3f794_original The average phone case is basically a piece of plastic that protects your device when you drop it. But what if you could add modular features to your iPhone like a heart rate monitor, a grappling hook, or a backup battery? Now you can. Moscase comes to use from Hungary and is being crowdfunded to the tune of $150,000. The case protects your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and has a removable back. You… Read More

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John Biggs

April 18th

Gadgets

This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

FCEWBW8I88LMAIC.MEDIUM My favorite DIY projects are ones that an idiot like myself can do in a few days. To wit, this Raspberry Pi laptop that lets you create a portable computer with keyboard and mouse with only a few parts. The project uses the PiJuice battery module and a 5-inch TFT module. In this project you simply cut or print a case for the screen – this one uses laser cut wood – and an HDMI… Read More

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John Biggs

April 17th

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This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 12.48.17 PM Like the football phone or the Dick Tracy 2-way wrist radio, humankind has always dreamt of melding two technologies together to create a synergistic improvement on our meager, exhausting existence. Today we have NailIO, a solution that adds a ray of light to our user interface needs by melding touchpads and thumbs. What is NailIO? It’s a wearable sensor that sits on your thumbnail. You… Read More

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John Biggs

April 17th

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Soundbrenner Pulse Helps You Get Down To Your Own Sick Beat

20150402010542-ezgif-1311246806 If you find yourself staying out too late with nothing in your brain, perhaps you could use the Soundbrenner Pulse. This haptic smartwatch won’t make calls or manage your calendar for you but it will buzz out time while playing a musical instrument, allowing you to stay on the beat while you’re wailing on the sax or burbling on your kazoo. The watch is, quite simply, a wearable… Read More

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John Biggs

April 17th

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A Pair Of Robot Hands To Help In The Kitchen

moley-robotic-chef While robots have long been relegated to harsh environments like deserts and nuclear waste dumps, now they will hit the harshest environment of all: your kitchen. By using two robotic arms from a company called ShadowRobotics, a company called Moley has created a robotic chef that can chop, stir, sauté, and serve. Created by Mark Oleynik, the robotic arms are programmed to precisely… Read More

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John Biggs

April 16th

Gadgets

New Treadmill Tech Will Make Your Run More Realistic

running A new technology from researchers at Ohio State allows runners to feel as if they are speeding up or slowing down naturally. The treadmill-based tech takes sonar readings of the user’s position on the belt and can tell when to crank things up or slow things down. Created by Steven T. Devor, associate professor of kinesiology, and former graduate student Cory Scheadler, the system… Read More

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John Biggs

April 16th

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